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Stay outside all Summer long with expert tips to avoid mosquitoes and ticks.

Mosquito Look-Alike: European Crane Fly

1 Min

Just when you thought skeeter season was over, your property appears to have been invaded by mammoth mosquitoes. But don't be fooled; these look-alikes are actually nothing like the real deal.

To the untrained eye, these might look like GIANT mosquitoes. But don't stress - these guys are European Crane Flies, and they've been out in force for the last few weeks.

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101, Stay Outside

How Does a Mosquito Bite... and Why?

2 Min

Canadians from coast to coast look forward to Summer all year long. We can't wait to ditch the gloves and scarves, bask in the sunshine, and get outdoors. What's not to love about Summer?

Ah, yes. Mosquitoes. There isn't much to complain about in Summer, but mosquitoes have got to be one of those few irritations. Canada boasts the largest number of lakes in the world (and they're pretty spectacular), but unfortunately with those bragging rights comes a fair amount of mosquitoes. 

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101

20 Random Mosquito Facts You Probably Didn't Know

5 Min
OK, so you know that mosquitoes are annoying, and that they could potentially pass on an unwanted virus to you, but did you know these other 20 facts? Test yourself and see how many you already knew!

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101

8 Common Mosquito Myths

6 Min

Unless you'd prefer to be a recluse all Summer long, you're probably gonna get a few mosquito bites. Unfortunately, it's an inevitable part of life.

While some things you've heard about avoiding mosquitoes are true, such as wearing certain clothes or using an outdoor fan, there are a bunch of other ideas that are just baloney.

Here are 8 common mosquito myths, debunked.

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101

How Do Mosquitoes Hunt?

3 Min

Mosquitoes... they're the worst. Just when you've gotten comfortable in your favourite chair enjoying the fresh Summer air, along comes Miss Mosquito, on a mission to completely kill your vibe.

It's all in a days work for Miss Mosquito. Female skeeters require a blood meal in order to lay their eggs, so they use 3 special senses to track us down from a distance.

Using olfactory, visual, and thermal cues, female mosquitoes circle their prey, sniffing you out and sensing your body heat... before going in for the almighty bite.

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101

10 Places Where Mosquitoes Hide

6 Min

With all the nasty diseases they spread, it's safe to say that mosquitoes are not our friends. While the saying "Keep your friends close but your enemies closer" might apply to many of our human on human relationships, it certainly doesn't apply to mosquitoes.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to keep tabs on an enemy you can barely see. So, you need to get smart and think strategically. Where does the enemy like to hide? And what can be done to help eradicate aforementioned enemy? 

Say no more. Here are the top 10 spots that mosquitoes live, rest, breed, and hide in.

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101, Mosquito Bite Prevention, Stay Outside

How Weather Affects Mosquito Activity

4 Min

Weather is a major motivator for what mosquitoes do, and when. 

Mosquitoes are cold-blooded insects. This means that their body temperature is more or less the same as their environment, since they don't have the ability to regulate their internal temperatures. 

Considering how driven by temperature mosquitoes are, it's no wonder weather plays such a make-or-break role in mosquito activity.

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101

What Are The Different Types of Mosquitoes?

4 Min

There are literally thousands of different species of mosquitoes. They're here, they're there - they're everywhere. While the biggest culprits feed on our blood and spread horrible diseases, some of them prefer feeding on other animals, and some rarer varieties don't feed on blood at all. 

Here we break down the most common genus of mosquitoes.

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101, Mosquito-borne Infections

What Smells Are Mosquitoes Attracted To?

4 Min

We've heard it time and time again; there's something about you, in particular, that mosquitoes just love. Is it your charming personality? No, probably not. Your exquisite taste in music and film? We think not. Is it something about your aura? Well, sort of.

It all boils down to one simple fact; You stink. Good, bad... we don't know. But whatever the perspective, mosquitoes all have acute receptors that detect scents from up to 100 feet away. These are the primary indicators that female mosquitoes (the ones that do the biting) use to pick out their prey.

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101, Mosquito Bite Prevention

10 Mosquito Bite Remedies To Help You Fight The Bite

4 Min

Barbecues, going swimming, basking in the sunshine, watching the sun go down; all these things are what makes the summertime so great. But mosquito bites... not so much.

Female mosquitoes love to feast on us; we provide the necessary nutrients for them to breed even more mosquitoes. While they're going to town on our nutritious blood, they inject saliva into us as an anticoagulant; in other words, their saliva acts as a blood thinner that makes it easier to suck up more of our blood.

That residual spit is the reason we get itchy; coincidently, it's also the reason why mosquitoes are the number 1 killers in the world, since their saliva can sometimes contain diseases. While mosquito borne illnesses are becoming more of a global concern, most of the time you're just left with ugly and incredibly itchy red bumps.

Here are a few ways you can get a bit of temporary relief.

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101, Mosquito Bite Prevention
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